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L.A. Assemblyman, John Perez, Elected to be House's Speaker
When Speaker-Elect John Perez is officially confirmed as the Assembly's Speaker in coming month, he will be the first openly gay man to take the role. The freshman Assemblymember represents a portion of Los Angeles and is Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's cousin. Interestingly enough, the last time the speakership had contested in a floor vote was in 1998 when Villaraigosa was elected to become speaker (harbinger for Perez?), notes the LA Times.
The vote went party line: 48 Democrat votes for Perez and 26 Republican votes for Assembly minority leader Sam Blakeslee of San Luis Obispo.
Although the Assembly is considered the lower house, the role of Speaker is "considered by many to be second only to the governor in power and prestige in California government," explained to the SacBee when current Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, also of Los Angeles, was confirmed in 2008.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.